Watch two country troubadours team up for a fabulous tribute to King George Strait YouTube screenshot/Hunter Kelly
YouTube screenshot/Hunter Kelly

Dierks Bentley played his first-ever headlining show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 21, and he took the opportunity to pay tribute to one of his all-time country heroes — George Strait.

During the set, Dierks invited his opening act, Jon Pardi, onto the stage to perform a duet version of George’s 1997 chart-topper “Carrying Your Love with Me.” You can see it in this video shot from the crowd.

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Dierks said he and Jon are such huge Strait fans, they plan to perform different cover songs from the King’s catalog throughout the What the Hell World Tour. We can certainly look forward to those performance videos rolling in for the next few months.

Dierks also surprised the crowd with a guest appearance from his “Different for Girls” duet partner, Elle King. They sang their hit duet before she wowed the audience with her pop hit, “Ex’s and Oh’s.”

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Thomas Rhett was also spotted in the crowd at the Dierks show. For the finale, Dierks brought out his openers Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell, as well as famous faces Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Rice and Cassadee Pope for an all-star singalong on “Drunk on a Plane.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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